Me and Polly the Collie spent a lovely week up at Inshriach from the 21st - 28th of February. Here are a series of Video Blogs I made every night to document the experience.
the longest week/ let’s make plans to struggle for less work/ to really…/ be with the children/ look after them/ look at them/ listen to them/ write, read and talk together/ think about the way we use words with each other
I now realise my journey to the bothy was like my residency there. Travelling south through blizzards the A9 was completely obscured by snow. Travelling happily, blindly forward, unable to see where I was going, eager to reach unfamiliar territory.
To escape... to escape the throbbing geometric city, to escape the patchwork of cultivated fields, to escape the shrunken islands of hemmed in woodland. Drive over the hills and far away to a northern place where the land's ancient forest remains. Direct descendants of the first trees to arrive after miles thick glaciers gauged the earth goddess into her current form, forever changed from her forgotten deep time geography.
En route to the Bothy at Inshriach Bobby Niven put a question to us - what is the secret of sourdough? Whether rhetorical, jovial, in-passing or a genuine enquiry, this simple asking became intrinsic to our week’s work and instigated an indulgent philosophical thinking during our stay.
I spent the much of the week in Inshraich constructing, erecting and recording Aeolian harps, designed to be easily carried and assembled on site. Aeolian harps are ancient Greek stringed instruments that are played by the natural force of air movement rather than being plucked by hand. The duration and dynamic of sound that the harp makes is determined by the direction and force of the wind. Beth spent the week documenting the surrounding landscape with its moss coated trails, trees, and rocks coated with lichen. Beth’s work is drawn from a strong connection with the Scottish landscape and she was working towards her solo show at the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh.
Waldeinsamkeit- Noun, German (f) 1. Woodland solitude (The feeling of being alone in the woods). Etymology: Wald - woods/forest + Einsamkeit - solitude/ lonesomeness (Wiktionary)